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Emmett Till was a black, 14 year old boy a from the working-class neighborhood of Chicago south side who inadvertently started the American civil rights movement. While visiting relatives near Money, Mississippi in August 1955 he got into big trouble. Although friends and family thought of him as a bit brash and fun loving, they didn\'t think he could seriously offend anyone. In spite of a stutter emanating from a bout with nonparalytic polio at age 3, he often had a smart mouth. Emmett knew segregation from personal experience. His elementary school was a public school with only black students. But this segregation he knew in the North was nothing like what he would be introduced to in the South. Before he left Chicago his mother warned him not to risk trouble with white people during his visit to Mississippi. "If you have to get on your knees and bowel what white person goes past, do it willingly," she said.People who knew Emmett remembered that he enjoyed pulling pranks. In front of Bryant\'s grocery and meat market, a country store with Coca-Cola sign outside, Emmett showed a picture a white girl to some friends. She was his girl, he said. Intrigued, his black companions said there was a pretty white woman in the store at that moment. They dared Emmett to go in and talk to her. He went in bought some candy, then turned to her on the way out and said, "bye, baby." One observer afterward claimed he had whistled at her. A girl who heard the story on the grapevine said, "when that ladies husband come back, there is going to be trouble." She was right. The husband, Roy Bryant, was out-of-town, trucking shrimp from Louisiana to Texas. Three days later, Bryant paid a visit to the unpainted cabin of Mose Wright, the grandfather of Emmett\'s cousin. Bryant and his brother-in-law, J. W. Milam, said they had come to "get the boy who done the talkin\'." Wright tried to tell them that Emmett was a northerner, inexperienced in Mississippi ways, and that they might want to just give him "a good whipping." Instead, they piled him into the back seat of their car and drove him to the Tallahatchie River. When they got out, they made the boy carry a Seventy-five pound cotton gin fan to the River bank, ordered him to strip, beat him and gouged out his eye, shot him in the head and through his body in the River. When the corpse was recovered, it was so badly mangled that Mose Wright could only identify it by an initialed ring. Authorities wanted to bury the body quickly, but Till\'s mother, 33 year old Mamie Bradley, requested to be sent back to Chicago where she could make sure it was really her son. When she saw it, she sobbed and decided to have an open casket funeral so the world could see what murderers had done to her only son.
The similarities are Emmet Till and Tom Robinson were both African American, they both offended a white woman in the segregation time and they both died very soon after their offense. The differences are Tom Robinson raped a white woman, and Emmet Till just said a bad language to a white woman. Tom Robinson had a lawyer to defense himself, but Emmet Till didnít. Tom Robinson was killed in escape which was made by himself, but Emmet was beat badly by the white men. In some ways, Tom Robinson was luckier than Emmet Till, because if he didnít escape from the jail, he might get free, and his lawyer already said they would probably win the appeal. Comparing to Tom Robinson, Emmet Till was pathetic. He just said some bad language to a white woman, which definitely lighter than the rape, but he got killed cruelly, that Emmet Tillí relatives could only identify him by his initialed ring.
My opinion is Harper Lee accurately describe the American south of her time, because it is true that many white people in the American south prejudiced to the black people in Harper Leeís time, just like Bob Ewell and some other people in the book. I also think that Harper
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